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31 August, 2007 / Erik

Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.

Is Ridley Scott, film director (as opposed to Metroid Prime adversary Meta Ridley), sliding toward irrelevance?

Now, as far as I measure, he’s only made two solid contribtutions to film. The first is ALIEN, as about a near-perfect film as you can get. Endlessly rewarding, fascinating and chilling; the sort of film that can never be repeated despite many many copies. His other is BLADE RUNNER. I don’t think this film is actually good. It’s also endless fascinating because all the pieces don’t quite fit together. It has a tortured history and has seen Scott recut the film four times over the course of twenty-five years. A movie more about atmosphere than story, but it is the story that became the fodder for endless debate over a shot so brief, it has to be a mistake. Ridley Scott is a director who gets bored and distracted. Consider how he switched positions on Deckard’s humanity. Every film he’s made since has an aspect of sloppiness that can only come from that moment when the material ceases to intrigue him.

Why mention all of this when we’re still several months from the mother-of-all-special-editions release of Blade Runner?

Because of the following quote from the Times Online:

At the Venice Film Festival for a special screening of his seminal noir thriller Blade Runner, Sir Ridley said that science fiction films were going the way the Western once had. “There’s nothing original. We’ve seen it all before. Been there. Done it,” he said. Asked to pick out examples, he said: “All of them. Yes, all of them.”

He explains the problem is over-reliance on special effects and lack of story (cough), but he finds anything worth saying in science fiction has been said. Oh, did I mention he’s currently developing a film based on the board game Monolopy?

I never expected Scott to become the sort complaining about the darn kids and telling people to stay off his lawn.


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